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New Mexico Foundation for Human Rights Projects

A Day of Remembrance

Holocaust Panelists Make Presentations

NMFHRP Executive Director Regina Turner opens the session

In addition to hearing the six panelists, students attending the Day of Remembrance were able to view various displays relating to the Holocaust, including "Sonja's Legacy," containing artwork from Terezin concentration camp, created by the niece of survivor Juliana Lerner; an album of photographs from the Nuremburg Trials, owned by the late survivor Larry Rhee; two quilts containing pictures of local survivors and their family, compiled by Cafe Europa; Holocaust era correspondence, from survivor Hilde Caserio; a collection of stamps commemorating events, places, and people of the Holocaust, acquired by Sue Rosenberg; and an identifying Star of David from the family of Albuquerque Resident Rick Thaler. The 700 students attending the event came from Albuquerque, Belen, Rio Rancho, Pojoaque, and Roswell.

Survivors Irene Weems, Andy Holten, and Leah Sichel

Witness Rudi Florian and survivors Julianna Lerner and Aron Straser

Students view the "Sonja's Legacy" exhibit before the event begins

Dr. Mary Johnson of Facing History and Ourselves addresses the audience

Students line up to question the panelists